Trench Warfare Survival Guide By Ryan Geist


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During World War 1, a rifle was a necessary item to have at all times besides a soldier. At all times some soldiers would be on watch duty with the rifle ready to fire. The other soldiers, that were not on duty would also have the rifle close to them even if they were sleeping in case of a surprise attack from the enemy. ("What Was It like")

Entrenching Tool

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An entrenching tool is necessary for the building of trenches. The entrenching tool is carried by all soldiers in case a trench needs to be built immediately to protect them from the enemy. Trenches are vital in protecting soldiers from flying bullets and shrapnel that will kill or injure them. ("10Things")

Gas Mask

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A gas mask is a necessity in the trench in case the enemy uses chemical warfare. This gas mask has a respirator which protects a soldier more from attack. The chemicals used in an attack could cause blisters or eye irritation so having a gas mask in the trench would protect them so they can fight the enemy. ("10 Things")

First Aid Kit With Dressings

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In the trenches, soldiers have to be prepared in case they get injured. This first-aid kit containing dressing can be used to stop the bleeding of a wound. This would prevent major blood loss or infection until they could get them to a hospital. If soldiers did not have them in the trenches, they could die from their injuries. ("10 Things")

Steel Helmet

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These helmets provided better protection against the new weapons that were developed in World War 1. In a trench, your head is the most obvious target. The steel helmet also protected when things like shrapnel would fall. ("10 Things")

Works Cited

"10 Things That Could Have Saved Your Life in the Trenches." Imperial War Museums , 2016, Accessed 25 Mar. 2017.

"What Was It like in a World War One Trench?" BBC, 2017, z8sssbk. Accessed 25 Mar. 2017.

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